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Why follow up a Whopper Plopper (or other topwater) with a Senko/Super Fluke but not a Whopper Frog?

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When I have a topwater strike on a Whopper Plopper or other topwater I've noticed that if I throw a follow-up Senko or Zoom Super Fluke I have a good chance of catching the fish however, if I just re-cast that same lure and retrieve it over the spot again there is a good chance it won't get hit. So, when a regular topwater gets missed I definitely want to throw a Senko or Super Fluke as a follow-up bait rather than the same lure.

 

When I throw a Whopper Frog (Homemade Teckel Sprinker Frog) I've found that it is better to just keep reeling but reel slower and you have a very good chance of catching that fish. Sometimes recasting the frog again also works. It seems that by reeling slower you give the fish time to re-position and strike again. I've attempted to throw the Senko as a follow-up to this and have only caught the fish once. I've caught at least a dozen fish on Whopper Frog when they miss it by simply continuing to reel slowly and hooking the fish on the 2nd strike. 

 

 

So, why does just reeling slower work with the Whopper Frog but with any other topwater bait like the Whopper Plopper I appear to have a much better chance with a Senko or Super Fluke follow-up bait instead of just reeling slower?

 

 

Maybe it's because the fish get stuck a little with the treble hooks of the topwater bait and not the double hooks of the frog, I don't know.

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Just like everything else, it's situational. I've had days where I can cast the same bait they missed back at them and they'll hit it again, some days the senko gets them every time they miss, some days that first strike was the only chance they'll give me. I think fish will come back for frog baits more often because they don't get as good of look at them due to the heavier cover they tend to be around. I've caught a bunch of fish throwing a follow up bait behind a plopping frog though so I haven't seen the same results that you're seeing. 

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3 hours ago, Bluebasser86 said:

Just like everything else, it's situational. I've had days where I can cast the same bait they missed back at them and they'll hit it again, some days the senko gets them every time they miss, some days that first strike was the only chance they'll give me. I think fish will come back for frog baits more often because they don't get as good of look at them due to the heavier cover they tend to be around. I've caught a bunch of fish throwing a follow up bait behind a plopping frog though so I haven't seen the same results that you're seeing. 

Ditto 

 

 

 

 

 

Mike

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